William Saliba in change of mind at Arsenal


French youngster William Saliba is reported to be considering an exit from Arsenal on a temporal basis in the January transfer window as he is getting more frustrated with his lack of playing time.

The France U-20 international joined the North London outfit from Saint Etienne with great prospects and was highly rated but he is yet to play a single competitive game for the Arsenal with manager Mikel Arteta earlier stating that he is not ready for the big challenge.

The 19-year-old was earlier quoted to have stated that he is okay with the decision of the Spanish boss snot to play him but that seems to have changed with the reports that he is now growing frustrated at the club by his lack of playing time.

French media report claims that William Saliba will buy into the idea of ret8rning to France to join his former club on loan until the North London outfit will be ready to have him at the club to play regularly.

When the season started, it was believed that William Saliba will play alongside Gabriel Magalhaes as centre defenders but for the fact that he has been dimmed unready, it is yet to happen.

However, Mikel Arteta seems to be regretting his decision not to have added William Saliba to his Europa League team, saying that the defender now seems to be ready, adding that he more confident and his English has improved significantly.

The Spanish boss hinted that William Saliba has played a couple of games for the U-23 team, adding that he needs it to return to full match fitness as he has not played any game in the last seven games.

With the latest statement credited to Mikel Arteta, it is unlikely he will allow William Saliba out of the club with the hope of giving him some minutes later in the season.


Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.